Book Talk: Ghostbuster turns to fiction to add some slime, gore

Wed Oct 21, 2009 12:50am EDT
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By Belinda Goldsmith

SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - Ask paranormal investigator Mary Ann Winkowski about slime and gore and she will just laugh.

Winkowski claims that from an early age she has been able to see and talk to ghosts, but only people who have opted at the time of their death not to go into a white light that appears but to stay around. She calls them earthbound spirits.

Winkowski's experiences were used as the basis for CBS's Ghost Whisperer show. She has also written two books about her experiences, "As Alive, So Dead," and "When Ghosts Speak."

She has just released her first fiction book, "The Book of Illumination: A Novel from the Ghost Files," written in collaboration with screenwriter Maureen Foley.

The central character is Anza O'Malley, a single mother with a five-year-old son, Henry, working as a freelance bookbinder who inherited the gift to speak to ghosts from her grandmother.

Winkowski spoke to Reuters about writing and ghosts:

Q: Why turn to fiction?

A: "Everybody wants ghosts and spirits to be like you see on TV and in the movies but in reality they are not. They are not bloody, gory, and I've never been slimed. They don't walk through you. But with fiction you can have a bit of fun. I can make a ghost do a little more than they can actually can."   Continued...